Help:Edit conflict

This page discusses edit conflicts, and how to deal with them. To understand what an edit conflict is, consider the following situation:

  • Bob clicks "Edit" on a page. The software sends Bob the current revision of the page, #1.
  • Alice clicks "Edit" on the same page, while Bob is editing. The software sends Alice the current revision of the page, #1.
  • Bob finishes his edits and clicks "Publish changes". The software saves Bob's edits as revision #2, and publishes #2. Alice is still editing #1.
  • Alice finishes her edits and clicks "Publish changes". The software saves Alice's edits as revision #3, but discovers that #3 is based on revision #1, although the currently published revision is #2. The software tries to automatically reconcile the differences, but fails. Alice therefore gets an "edit conflict" page, giving Alice a chance to reconcile the differences between #2 and #3 manually.

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